Blog Posts in March, 2016

  • 31-Mar-2016

    "Room" for Improvement

    Last weekend, I finally got around to watching the movie “Room”, which won Brie Larson an academy award for Best Actress last month. So, was the movie worth all the hype? I would say it 1,000% deserved all the praise it got; I thought it ...
  • 29-Mar-2016

    What's in a Name?

    As many of my friends and clients begin their process towards marriage or are reaching the tail end of their divorce the same question comes up. “Are you going to change your name?” It is a question that many girls have been debating ...
  • 27-Mar-2016

    Spice: International Family Law in the Atlanta International Community

    A couple of weeks ago Michael Manely and I had a pleasure of attending the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation‘s event– a lecture and CLE by Professor Bermann. (Big shout out to Atlanta International Arbitration ...
  • 24-Mar-2016

    When Grandpa is in the Family Law Bible

    In 1961, the Supreme Court of Georgia heard an appeal regarding the case my Grandfather James McClinton filed for a downward modification of the alimony he was ordered to pay his ex-wife, Juanita. At that time, he was paying her $400 per month, and ...
  • 24-Mar-2016

    What Is Common Law Marriage?

    Georgia will only recognize a common law marriages that were established before January 1, 1997. There are many misunderstandings about common law marriages. One of the commonly held beliefs about common law marriages is that a couple is ...
  • 15-Mar-2016

    Songs About Divorce Part II: Where the Streets Have No Name

    With St. Patrick's Day around the bend here in Savannah, I can;t help but think of U2 and their song "Where the Streets Have No Name" for my second installment in this series. Truthfully, the song has nothing to do with family law. ...
  • 13-Mar-2016

    When Reasons Got Nothing To Do With It!

    A spouse that you can reason with is lovely but...what do you do with a spouse, or an ex, for whom reason seems a foreign language? Watching the state of our Presidential election has me thinking about what to do with people who ...
  • 10-Mar-2016

    Lights On Parenting

    As native from central Florida, when I moved to Atlanta one of my immediate goals was to get immersed in the local culture, including the local sports teams. And like many other young Atlantans during the 2014-2015 season, I found the Atlanta Hawks ...
  • 8-Mar-2016

    Spring Forward and Protect Your Family with Estate Planning

    On March 13th it will be time to “spring forward” with the change to Daylight Saving Time. While it’s no fun losing an hour of sleep, it is always a nice reminder that the long days of summer are coming soon. I’d also like to ...
  • 6-Mar-2016

    Why Deny the Obvious, Child?

    I can usually tell you how your case will turn out after we've spoken for about 30 minutes. Am I clairvoyant? No. Am I telepathic? No. Can I bend events to turn out my way? No. In fact, I have no super human qualities that I am aware of. (And I ...
  • 3-Mar-2016

    Songs About Divorce, Part I: Highway 20 Ride

    I was at lunch recently with a friend who practices criminal defense. We started talking about some of the family dynamics I see as a practicing family law attorney in Savannah when he recalled a country song about a step-parent's troubles in ...
  • 1-Mar-2016

    What's a Girl Like You Doing in a Court Like This?

    It may be surprising to know that I entered law school intending to become a criminal defense attorney, specializing in juvenile work. Starting when I was a freshman in high school, I was all-in on the idea of representing juvenile offenders in ...

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